A few months ago I sold my Kindle Fire in order to buy an iPad. Originally, I intended to buy a refurbished iPad 3 ($379) because it was cheaper than a new iPad 2 ($399) and still came with the same warranty as a brand new iPad. The Apple store online was out of the refurbished iPad 3 so I headed down to the local Apple Store on my lunch break to have a look at the Mini, not intending to buy it at all.
When I picked up the Apple Mini I knew immediately that this was the tablet for me. Compared to the full-sized iPads in the store, the iPad Mini feels like a feather in your hands.